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The New Year’s Day Special was a very different kind of Dalek story, which presented unique challenges for director Wayne Yip and his cast…


Resolution director Wayne Yip on the TARDIS set.
Mitch (Nikesh Patel) examines some unusual archaeological finds.

“We 100 per cent stand on the shoulders of the work of all the previous designers and directors.” WAYNE YIP

Much like the Custodians featured in the time-spanning opening sequence of Resolution, its cast and crew were charged with keeping a sacred secret until broadcast.

“I knew about the Dalek – that was one of the first things I knew”, says Wayne Yip, the Special’s director, who was assigned the task of resurrecting Doctor Who’s most famous enemy to face Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor for the first time. “I was ecstatic”, he says, grinning. “It’s on the Doctor Who fan wish list, because I did Ice Warriors [for 2017’s Empress of Mars] and that was awesome – and then to do the Daleks, that’s the ultimate. It made an incredibly exciting project even more exciting, and also just the secrecy of it all.”

During pre-production, the absolute secrecy regarding the identity of Resolution’s villain led to some confused moments for the guest cast, whose scripts were code-worded. “I got a call from my agent saying they’d love you to be in the Doctor Who Special”, explains Nikesh Patel, who played young archaeologist Mitch. “I asked them to send me through a script and it was a cracking read, but also a confusing read. It was a really tense horror thriller, but this buried, ancient tentacled evil was only referred to by a codename! As someone who’s not a die-hard Who fan, I thought, ‘That’s a step too far, surely?’”

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Contents include: • Resolution's director Wayne Yip tells DWM how he brought the 2019 New Year's Day Dalek story to life • An exclusive preview of the 'Doctor Who: The Collection - Season 18' Blu-ray box set - and a look behind Logopolis' new digital makeover • An exclusive interview with Season 18’s script editor Christopher H Bidmead • DWM investigates the story of the 1960s Doctor Who audio recordings which were discovered in a skip at the end of 2018 • A visit to one of the Doctor Who escape rooms which are opening across the UK • An interview with Feifei Ruan, the artist commissioned to create Chinese-inspired Doctor Who artwork for Shanghai Comic Con • Part One of 'Herald of Madness', a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • The Time Team watches 2006's Love & Monsters and explores what it means to be a Doctor Who fan • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 1980 Fourth Doctor story Full Circle • An in-depth look at how Resolution performed in the ratings • The Blogs of Doom, reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!